By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The countdown of the Top 10 Moments of 2018-19 has begun for Capital University Athletics. Over the next five weeks, we will unveil the moments and accomplishments that made the last athletic year memorable for those competing or those following along. Join us as we traverse through the top moments of last year and feel free to weigh in on how you think they stack up to your own top 10 list.
Top Moment #8: Men's Lacrosse Clinches 9-0 OAC Season and Regular Season Title with Win over Mount Union
Capital University Men's Lacrosse's entire season could qualify for this list as the team won 15 consecutive games and lost only twice all year. Over the course of the season, Capital beat perennial conference contenders John Carroll University, Ohio Northern University and rival Otterbein University en route to one of its most successful campaigns ever.
All of Capital's hard work culminated on April 27 against the University of Mount Union on the final day of the regular season with immortality within reach. Against the Purple Raiders, Capital scored four of the first five goals of the game and four of the five goals in the third quarter to take control of the game, a game Capital ended up winning 16-10.
Senior forward Ryan Rampi scored five goals and added five assists for 10 total points, the second-most points in a single game in team history, and junior CJ Hughes totaled eight points with five goals and three helpers. Senior goalkeeper T.J. Johnson made eight stops in goal and recorded his 200th career save, becoming just the second Crusader to reach that mark.
The win was more than just a win though, even if it completed the first 9-0 OAC season in program history and second undefeated OAC season in team history (Capital went 6-0 in 2015). By winning all of their conference games, the Crusaders won their first regular season conference title since 2015. The last time that the OAC had an undefeated regular season championship was 2017.
The 2019 Crusaders dominated the competition on their way to conference glory, outscoring OAC opponents 149-67. Capital smashed team records all year with 254 goals, 154 assists, 408 points and 15 wins, all program highs. Following the conclusion of the regular season, a program-record 10 players received All-OAC laurels.
Honorable Mention: Brooke Delara Breaks Two Single-Game Program Records in Huge Win
It was a banner year for both lacrosse teams at Capital as Cap Women's lax reached the OAC Tournament championship game for the third time in four years. Earlier in the season, on March 30, the Crusaders picked up their second conference win of a season that finished with a 7-1 OAC record. Not only did Capital win 22-0 against Muskingum University, the first of two shutout wins in a row, but sophomore Brooke Delara rewrote the team's record books. The Lewis Center, Ohio native scored three goals but it was her 11 assists that stole the show. Delara routinely set her teammates up for scores, and her 11 helpers broke the previous program record of 10 in a single game. Combined with her three goals, Delara's 14 total points also broke Capital's single game record, beating the old mark of 13 set in 2014.
Relive the Top 10 Moments
Moment #8 – Men's Lacrosse Clinches 9-0 OAC Season and Regular Season Title with Win over Mount Union -- link
Moment #7 – Wednesday, June 26
Moment #6 – Monday, July 1
Moment #5 - Wednesday, July 3
Moment #4 - Monday, July 8
Moment #3 - Wednesday, July 10
Moment #2 - Monday, July 15
Moment #1 - Wednesday, July 17